Ben Smith is a two time Emmy award winning weekday meteorologist on WHNT News 19 This Morning. He brings 17 years of television experience to the table.

Ben is a certified broadcast meteorologist originally from Fredericksburg, Virginia. He says he’s always been interested in weather from grade school, tracking snowstorms up the east coast and doing weather on the morning announcements in high school. After graduating high school, he attended East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina where in 1996 he received a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a minor in Geography.

Ben landed his first on-air job right out of college at WNCT-TV in Greenville, NC where he did weather for five years. While working at WNCT, he went back to school and received a certificate in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University. Ben has also worked in Chattanooga and Birmingham, where he worked at WIAT-42 from 2001-2003. Ben was the Chief Meteorologist at WSAV in Savannah, Georgia for four years. From there, he worked for WFTV in Orlando, Florida.

Ben has been involved in the direct landfalls of several hurricanes including Bertha, Bonnie, Dennis, Fran and Floyd in 1999. Along with the WNCT staff, he was honored to be awarded the prestigious National Edward R. Murrow Award for continuous coverage of Hurricane Floyd.

Ben holds seals from the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association and also has the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) seal of approval as well. He also serves on the National Weather Association seal evaluation committee.

In his spare time, Ben watches sports (the N.Y. Jets & Virginia Cavaliers). He also enjoys working out, going to church, and the beach.

Recent Articles
  • Strong Weekend Storms – Damage in Madison & Jackson Counties

    In case you missed it, it was a wild Saturday evening across the Tennessee Valley. A strong storm moved through Madison County eastward into Jackson County that evening.  Most of the damage was in the New Market where several trees were knocked down. Here are some photos from Tama Zmyewski Pearson off of Steakley Road in New Market.       Here is a facebook message from Tammy Patterson Lane: We have a lot of damage on Steakley Rd from yesterdays (Saturday) storms. […]

  • Pacific Hurricane: Fernanda Expected To Weaken Moving West

    The Atlantic basin is quiet for now, but not the Pacific. We just had Hurricane Eugene, now it’s Fernanda’s turn. The system is now a major hurricane, but thankfully is over 1500 miles east of the Hawaiian Islands Monday morning. Fernanda Track The official track takes the center west-northwest with a gradual decrease in strength and Fernanda is expected to downgraded to a tropical storm later this week. Right now looks like rough surf is the only concern for the big island. […]

  • Tropical Depression #4 – No Threat To Land

    There is a tropical depression in the open Atlantic this morning. Tropical Depression #4 is no threat to us in the United States. This system might have trouble holding together through the weekend. Here is a look at the system Friday morning. It’s not very impressive and it’s struggling to stay together.   The system is forecast to move northwest toward the northern Lesser Antilles over the weekend and just north of Puerto Rico after that. Little to no strengthening […]

  • Tuesday Morning Flooding Recap

    Huntsville, Ala. – It was an active morning in the Tennessee Valley with flash flooding from Madison County eastward through Jackson County. WHNT News 19’s Courtney Crown was on Homer Nance Road around 5am watching the flooding unfold. Here is a look at her report at 5:40 Tuesday morning.     The rain accumulation was impressive with 2″-4″ totals from Madison County into Jackson County. We even received a report of more flooding from the National Weather Service in Skyline: 0714 […]

  • Heavy Morning Storms – Flooding Possible

    Huntsville, Ala. – There are some heavy morning storms across the Tennessee Valley along with flooding. As of 5am, the activity are below severe limits. Dangerous lightning and gusty winds to 40 mph are possible early. Most of Madison County eastward through Jackson County has some heavy rain this morning. If you are looking to run some errands before your 4th of July festivities, have Live Alert 19 ready to go.   Madison AL- 528 AM CDT TUE JUL 4 2017 […]

  • Ironing Out Rain Chances For July 4th

    Huntsville, Ala. – As everyone gets ready for the 4th of July, the main question remains are we going to be dodging any rain. There is a chance of rain for both tonight and tomorrow across the Tennessee Valley. The good thing is there will be several dry spots over the next few days. Let’s hope rain stays away from downtown Huntsville, McFarland Park, and all fireworks displays. For a list of fireworks near you, click here. I’d like to show […]

  • Strong storms possible this weekend

    This rain lately has been something! As much as 5 to 8 inches of rain fell in North Alabama in the last 10 days of June; July begins with more scattered, potentially very heavy thunderstorms capable of gusty winds, intense lightning, and torrential tropical downpours. The Storm Prediction Center outlines an area over much of Tennessee and North Alabama where some isolated severe storms may develop Saturday afternoon and evening roughly from about noon to 4 PM. Individual storms may […]

  • Rain Chances Stay Elevated Through the Weekend

    The latest radar image Be prepared for showers and storms at anytime Friday through the weekend. Plenty of moisture continues out of the Gulf of Mexico today. It will be one of those forecasts where will rain hard for a bit then the sun comes out then it rains again. It’s a great idea to have Live Alert 19 ready to go on your phone if you are away from your TV. It’s been raining hard in Marshall County most […]

  • Remember 2012? High Heat On This Day Five Years Ago

      Huntsville, Ala. – While we might be a little disappointed that rain is in the forecast through the weekend, we need to recall that it could be dangerously hotter in the Tennessee Valley this time of year. Recall 2012. It was one of the hottest stretches we’ve ever had in north Alabama. It was almost as hot as some of the streaks in the 1930s! For nine days the high temperature in Huntsville averaged a whopping 102.1°F! The hottest […]

  • Where’s Summer? Rainy & No High Heat!

    Huntsville, Ala. – It’s almost the end of June and you might be wondering, “where’s summer?” Typically we’ve had multiple days in the 90s with heat index values around 100 for north Alabama and southern middle Tennessee. Not only that, but upper 90s. This year hasn’t lived up to previous years in our area. Check out the following graphic showing 90 degree days up to this point over the last three years. In 2015 and 2016, Huntsville International Airport had […]

  • Rain Update – 2016: Drought; This Year: Not Even Close

    Huntsville, Ala. – This time last year we were in the middle of the one of the biggest droughts in the state’s history. In 2016, According to Dr. John Christy, “It’s been the driest period for weather-reporting stations in north Alabama dating back, in some cases, to the 1890s.” ( Courtesy: The dry period started in the spring where April and May were truly parched. For those two months we only received 3.86″ when we normally get over nine […]

  • Cool Mornings For A Bit Longer

    Huntsville, Ala. – It was a cool morning in the Tennessee Valley and we will likely see below average readings again Tuesday. Enjoy it because higher temperatures and humidity are in the forecast by the weekend. Middle to upper 50s are normal for mid-May in the Tennessee Valley. Monday morning it felt like it. There is an upper trough along the east coast allowing the cooler temperatures to move into the Tennessee Valley. With a north wind, it’s keeping all the […]